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Piper PA-32R Lance/Saratoga SP

Faster than its fixed-gear sibling, the speed of the PA-32R is still nothing to write home about; but then, that’s not why people buy them.

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There’s a lot to be said for airplanes that have a whole lot of room inside. They’re comfortable and flexible, and usually have the power needed to provide good takeoff and climb performance when lightly loaded. These advantages come with a price, however. A big airframe means a big engine, and that means a big appetite for fuel. Often, it also means less-than-stellar cruise speeds.

Still, if the owner’s needs lean more towards hauling ability and roominess than getting to point B in a real hurry, a big airplane might be just the ticket. The aerial equivalent of a minivan, if you will.

This is the mission of the Piper PA-32 series. Like the PA-28 series, the PA-32s come...

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